It turns out I deserve a food subsidy. Who knew?
I savor the fruits and vegetables selected from my backyard and relish the luxury of visiting the local farmers’ market on Saturday morning and Wednesday evening. It is a great treat to stop at produce stands that dot the rural roads near our home. Now, because it seems to be fashionable in Washington, my food buying behavior entitles me and those farms and markets that serve me to government favors and special treatment.
As far as I can tell, I do not qualify for food stamps (renamed SNAP), a lowpriced School Lunch, or Women Infants and Children (WIC) food benefits. I do not even receive direct subsidies from the elderly food programs or the myriad other food and nutrition programs run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. So that $100 billion per year is not for me. But, with the new food policy agenda, I get indirect subsidy. And, this web of programs to subsidize and mandate what we all should eat is spreading.